Russian: Черногорлая завирушка
Mongolian: Харомруут хайруулдай
French: Accenteur a gorge noire
13-14 ½ cm. Breeds in spruce thickets and bushy country, also in deciduous forest,
often on upper slopes (Urals). (In C Asia, also found in tall conifer forest in
mountain valleys). Very rare vagrant in W Europe, mainly in autumn.
Identification: Like Siberian and
Radde’s Accentors, with brown-black crown and broad buff supercilium.
Distinguished by black throat, easy to see in breeding plumage but harder with
autumn immatures, when broad pale fringes conceal some (rarely, on 1st winter
♀, almost all) of the dark colour. Note that back is dull dark brown (not
strongly tinged reddish-brown) with dark spotting, also that warm orange-buff
breast contrasts with whiter belly. Breast has some dark feather centres.